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ESPN men’s pound-for-pound MMA rankings

Who is the world’s best men’s mixed martial artist, regardless of weight class? My latest top-10 rankings are listed below. In addition, here are my women’s pound-for-pound rankings. Note: Results through Jan. 23. = champion 1. Demetrious JohnsonRecord: 27-2-1Div.: Flyweight (UFC)Last: W (Sub5) Ray Borg, Oct. 7, 2017Next: TBD Johnson is the longest-reigning champion in UFC, having surpassed the great Anderson Silva’s mark of 10 consecutive title defenses. How many of these defenses will Johnson have when it’s all said and done? As many as he wants, seems to be…

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Kamaru Usman ‘hurt and upset’ by Dana White’s comments

Coming off his victory by decision over Norwegian Emil Meek at UFC Fight Night 124, KweséESPN sat down with Nigerian welterweight fighter Kamaru Usman to discuss his post-fight comments, using wrestling in an MMA fight, and who he would prefer to fight next. KweséESPN: Right after your victory against Emil Meek, you made a comment about fighting at 30%. Explain what you meant by that? Kamaru Usman: Going into that fight there was a lot of emotion because the guy made a lot of comments and he talked all the…

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Bellator finalizes Fedor Emelianenko-Frank Mir heavyweight clash for April 28

A heavyweight matchup between Fedor Emelianenko and Frank Mir has been finalized for a Bellator MMA event on April 28 in Rosemont, Illinois. The bout is part of the opening round of Bellator’s Heavyweight World Grand Prix tournament, which officially kicked off last weekend in Los Angeles. Heavyweight mixed martial artist Fedor Emelianenko will face Frank Mir on April 28 as part of Bellator’s Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu Chael Sonnen advanced to the tournament semifinals with a decision over Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson. Sonnen will face the winner of…

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Dana White says the UFC is working a second fight for former WWE star CM Punk

UFC president Dana White intends to give former WWE star CM Punk “another shot” in the Octagon. White told The Associated Press he is “working on” a second fight for Punk (0-1), whose birth name is Phil Brooks. Former WWE star CM Punk, who lost his first and only UFC match to date via submission back in September 2016, is being considered for a second UFC bout, says UFC president Dana White. John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports “I like that guy. He’s a good dude,” White said. “He wants to give…

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MMA — How one of the best feuds in the UFC can make Stipe Miocic more marketable

BOSTON – Stipe Miocic is known as “The Baddest Man on the Planet.” He’s certainly not the first heavyweight champion to lay claim to that nickname. If you type the phrase into Google, you’ll get the Wikipedia bio of Mike Tyson as well as suggestions for Muhammad Ali, Floyd Mayweather and Evander Holyfield. Miocic is obviously not as well known as the other men who have held that nickname, but he certainly backed it up and cemented his place in UFC history when he dominated No. 1 contender Francis Ngannou,…

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Chael ‘The American Gangster’ Sonnen defeats Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson at Bellator MMA World Grand Prix

2:18 AM ET Jovan BuhaESPN Editor Close • Associate editor for ESPN.com• Began covering the NBA in 2011-12• Los Angeles native, USC graduate INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Heading into the opening fight of the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix eight-man heavyweight tournament, both Chael “The American Gangster” Sonnen and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson repeatedly acknowledged that Sonnen’s strategy was to take Jackson to the ground and negate Jackson’s considerable size and strength. Though Sonnen got Jackson on the ground several times, as he proudly predicted, that wasn’t what ultimately won Sonnen the…

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UFC 220 — Stipe Miocic decisions Francis Ngannou in heavyweight title fight

BOSTON — If Francis Ngannou is the future of the UFC’s heavyweight division, the future will have to wait. The present belongs to Stipe Miocic. Miocic (18-2) broke the UFC’s all-time record for consecutive heavyweight title defenses, as he defended his belt for the third time against a wildly hyped Ngannou at UFC 220 on Saturday night at TD Garden. Daniel Cormier steamrolled his way to a vintage win Saturday, taking an outclassed Volkan Oezdemir to the ground and finishing him with strikes in Round 2 to retain his light…

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Daniel Cormier defeats Volkan Oezdemir by second-round TKO at UFC 220

BOSTON — Daniel Cormier was already the UFC’s light heavyweight champion going into this weekend, but now he actually feels like it. Cormier (20-1) defended his 205-pound title Saturday, as he finished Volkan Oezdemir via TKO in the second round. The championship fight co-headlined UFC 220 inside TD Garden. Stipe Miocic’s unanimous-decision victory over Francis Ngannou at UFC 220 on Saturday night was his record-third straight heavyweight title defense, leaving him to say afterward: “I’m the baddest.” It was his first appeartance since he lost the title to Jon Jones…

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UFC bantamweight Francisco Rivera banned four years by USADA

The United States Anti-Doping Agency has suspended UFC bantamweight Francisco Rivera for four years after the 36-year-old falsified evidence in a failed drug test case. Rivera (11-7) tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol in July 2016. USADA initially informed Rivera it would seek a standard two-year suspension for that offense, but Rivera chose to enter arbitration on the case. According to arbitration records, Rivera claimed he traveled to Tijuana, Mexico, in the days prior to his failed test, where he ingested contaminated meat. As evidence, he submitted a bank…

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